3 November 2015
Many of the underlying macroeconomic challenges and geopolitical issues that we have highlighted in previous quarters remain and are unlikely to be resolved in the foreseeable future. In addition, recently proposed changes to the too big to fail regulatory framework in Switzerland will cause substantial ongoing interest costs for the firm. We also continue to see headwinds from interest rates which have not increased in line with market expectations, negative market performance in certain asset classes and the weak performance of the euro versus the Swiss franc during the year. We are executing the measures already announced to mitigate these effects as we progress towards our targeted return on tangible equity in the short to medium term.
Our strategy has proven successful in a variety of market conditions. We remain committed to our strategy and its disciplined execution in order to ensure the firm’s long-term success and deliver sustainable returns for our shareholders.